Study Tips and Strategies
Having well-developed study skills in college can help you retain more information, study more efficiently, and spend less time reviewing your material. To help you develop these skills, we’ve provided a few resources below on taking notes, reading textbooks, and preparing for exams.
Avoiding Study Traps from The University of North Carolina
At some point everyone hits a studying road block. This article from UNC provides some helpful tips on how to overcome many of the road blocks you might hit.
Where are you studying?
Have you ever wondered whether you’re studying in the right place? Is it distracting? Can you focus on the material? Take this short quiz from Oregon State University to find out.
The Feynman Technique
According to Fenyman, you truly know something when you’re able to explain it easily and simply to others. To learn about his technique and how to use it, watch the video below.
This is a process in which you add more time between study sessions as you start to learn the material. It allows you to focus more time on unknown material and can help speed up the learning process.
General Note-Taking Skills
Want a few tips on how to take more effective notes? This article from California College provides 7 skills that are important for every college student to know.
The Mapping Method
This method is great when a visual representation of your notes would be beneficial. It can be used in conjunction with the Outline and Cornell methods or on its own.
Outline Method of Note-Taking
This is a classic method of note-taking that many students use, but is it being used to its full advantage? Take a look at the attached guide for some tips on it.
Cornell Method of Note-Taking
This is a little known method of taking notes that can be extremely helpful in retention of information. It provides a great study guide and keeps your notes organized.
Cornell Method + Sketchnoting
Sketchnoting is a method of creating a visual story while listening to a speaker or reading a text. Combined with the Cornell method, it can be a very power note-taking skill. Check out this video below for a great demonstration.
Reading Your Textbook Quickly & Efficiently
College reading can be difficult, especially if you’ve never been taught how to read a textbook. Follow the link below to a blog that provides useful advice on reading textbooks.
Reading a Textbook for True Understanding
On this webpage, Cornell provides basic tips on textbook reading and a different strategy to reading for true understanding through the P2R strategy.
Reading Textbooks Using the SQ4R Method
This method was designed to help process and increase retention of written information. At first glance it seems time intensive, but once used you’ve it a few times it becomes a natural process. Below is a description of the process and a worksheet to help you get started.
How to Create a Study Schedule for Your Final Exams
In this blog post, Thomas Frank gives viewers great advice on how to make a study schedule during finals. You can watch his video, read the post, or do both.
How Should I Prepare for Tests and Final Exams?
Take a look at St. Lawrence University’s full circle approach to test preparation with “pre-game,” “game-day” and “post-game” advice. Quite a few helpful tips can be found here!
Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams
This article from The State University of New York provides great advice on preparing for exams, including not only study strategies, but how to take care of yourself too!
How To Survive Exams
Need a little comedic relief during finals? This video is both funny and informative, providing real tips for finals yet making you smile at the same time.
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